Ex=Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross opens up on infamous PIG's HEAD story

‘There was a case of mistaken identity and he threw a brick through Glenn Whelan’s car window. Great times!’: Ryan Shawcross opens up on infamous Stoke story of how a PIG’S HEAD ended up in Kenwyne Jones’s locker… and his new chapter with Inter Miami

  • Kenwyne Jones had a pig’s head left in his locker while playing for Stoke
  • Jones was told Glenn Whelan was responsible and then smashed his car
  • It was later revealed that Jonathan Walters brought the pig’s head into training
  • There was then a mix up involving Matt Etherington as the prank war escalated 
  • Ryan Shawcross admitted the pig’s head prank ‘had been building up all year’ 

Former Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross has opened up on the infamous story involving the pig’s head that found its way into Kenwyne Jones’s locker.

Ex-striker Jones was left shocked in 2013 when he returned to his locker at Stoke’s training ground and discovered it had been broken into and found a bloody pig’s head wrapped in some of his clothes. 

After being wrongly told that the culprit was Glenn Whelan, a furious Jones hit back by smashing his team-mates’ car window with a brick.

Kenwyne Jones had a pig’s head left in his locker during his time at Stoke back in 2013

At the time, former Stoke man Brek Shea posted an image of him holding a pig’s head in the Potters’ changing room

And Shawcross, who recently joined MLS franchise Inter Miami where David Beckham is co-owner and Phil Neville has been appointed manager, has revealed all about the Stoke dressing room at the time and how the pig’s head story came about.

‘The pig’s head had been building up all year,’ Shawcross explained to the Telegraph. ‘It started off with something really silly like tomato ketchup in a washbag, and then near the end came the pig’s head.

‘There was a case of mistaken identity and Kenwyne threw a brick through Glenn Whelan’s car window. Great times!’

Striker Jonathan Walters later revealed he was originally responsible for bringing the pig’s head into the training ground and put it in Matt Etherington’s locker as a prank war among members of Tony Pulis’s squad escalated.

According to Walters’ version of events, Etherington thought Whelan was the trickster and intended to dump it in his locker only to pick the wrong one, which belonged to Jones. 

Ryan Shawcross has now opened up on how the infamous prank came about in 2013

The incident made national headlines and may have been a laughing matter for some of Stoke’s players.

But it caused major issues for Jones, whose wife at the time was Muslim, for whom pork is a forbidden food.

And in February last year, Jones lifted the lid on the ‘deplorable’ pig’s head prank he was on the receiving end of at Stoke, before revealing he had members of the Muslim community contacting him offering to ‘handle the situation’.

Speaking on the Shoot The Defence podcast last year, Jones revealed: ‘In different parts of the world different things have different meanings.

‘If you’re going to take the time to get a pig’s head, break my locker open and wrap my clothes in it, that’s sending a different message to me.

‘That’s telling me the people I’m around don’t really like me. Another player, they broke open his locker and put a rotten fish in there. Even if it was a rotten fish I wouldn’t have minded but the pig’s head symbolised something a bit different.

Jonathan Walters (L) brought the pig’s head into training but Jones thought it was Glenn Whelan (R) who put it into his locker

‘I went home, had no call from someone at the club, the PFA. Nobody. The day after there was a trip to Southampton and I was like “I’m not comfortable to go with a squad that could have done that” because the situation at the time was escalating.

‘My wife at the time was Muslim, I had all different factions of the Muslim community writing to my house – I don’t know how the heck they found my address – wanting to handle the situation. That could have gone a whole lot of different ways.’ 

At the time, Shawcross was at the beating heart of the Stoke dressing room having been handed the captaincy ahead of the 2010-11 season as the club became a regular in the Premier League. 

The centre back amassed 453 appearances for Stoke but his time at the club recently came to an end after his contract was terminated by mutual consent after a succession of injuries had limited him to just eight matches in all competitions since the start of last season.

But Inter Miami were quick to snap up the experienced defender and he will jet out to America next month to begin the final chapter of his playing career with the ambitious MLS franchise.

And Shawcross cannot wait to get started after a saying an emotional farewell to everyone at Stoke, where he spent 13 years.

Shawcross has recently joined co-owner David Beckham at MLS franchise Inter Miami

‘It came completely out of the blue and now I just want to get over there and get going,’ Shawcross told the Telegraph when revealing all about his move. ‘It was a strange one because my Stoke contract was coming to an end this summer and they weren’t going to extend it, which was absolutely fair enough. 

‘I’ve been fit for a while and not getting in the team for whatever reason, so I was leaning towards retiring and moving into coaching. Then my agent [Chris Lomas] called and said he had a brilliant offer.

‘I spoke to Phil, just to make sure it was what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to go out there for a jolly-up, but straight away I was fully on board with what he said.’

And Shawcross admitted that he is expecting big things in Miami working with Beckham and Neville.

‘David has sent me a few text messages and I played with him in a few England squads when I was younger,’ Shawcross added. ‘He does everything right and over the next decade or so it’s going to be a huge success.

‘They are taking it very seriously and they’re going places. If it’s not done properly I’ve always had a problem with things, but the set-up at Miami is first-class.’

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